The Order of AHEPA has launched an emergency fundraiser for the people of Ukraine in response to the Russian invasion.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Ukraine as they bravely defend their country from a brutal, devastating and unprovoked invasion by Russia,” AHEPA said in a statement. “We hail the Ukrainians’ defense of democracy and freedom. The humanitarian ruin and loss of life will be catastrophic.”
Europe will soon face its “largest refugee crisis this century,” according to the UN Refugee Agency. The agency warned that, as of March 1, about 660,000 refugees have fled Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in the last six days, with more than 150,000 leaving in the last 24 hours.
“We are proud of the Greek government and the people of Greece for the ways in which they are helping Ukrainian refugees and for securing the evacuation of Greek and Cypriot nationals from Ukraine,” AHEPA wrote. “We mourn all loss of life and convey our sincere condolences to the Greek government and the people of Greece for the loss of life of ethnic Greeks as a result of Russia’s senseless and unjustified invasion.”
“The Order of AHEPA stands in solidarity with Ukrainian refugees and families.”
The AHEPA Emergency Relief Fund is open to receive donations for humanitarian aid for victims of the Russian invasion.
AHEPA will partner with International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) and collaborate with relief agencies and the U.S. State Department to deliver aid to those in urgent need, including:
- Baby supplies including diapers, bottles, and wipes
- Emergency food and water
- Generators and fuel
- Flashlights, batteries, and candles
- Cots, blankets, mattresses, and other bedding
- Hygiene items
Featured image: A woman hugs a girl as refugees from Ukraine wait for a transport at the Moldova-Ukrainian border’s checkpoint near the town of Palanca on March 1. (Nikolay Doychinov/AFP via Getty Images)
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